Hello. I’m Christopher Carew.
I am a father of two, husband to one, and entrepreneur to many.
As a small business owner I have created jobs in Brooklyn,
helped other small businesses get off the ground,
and built a platform for others to grow.
Like many, I have been seeing what is going on in the world,
and it’s frustrating.
Our elected officials aren’t representing us.
They get in office and you don’t hear from them.
I’ve had enough of it. So now I’m running for City Council.
I’m not a politician. I don’t owe any politicians any favors.
When I am in office I will only have you to answer to.
Together we can bring democracy to District 41.
I will put the power into the people's hands by hosting bi-monthly town hall meetings.
This will provide a platform for the entire community to address issues, discuss solutions, and introduce plans to make District 41 a model for democracy in New York City.
Currently, there are 216 city-owned vacant lots in New York City Council District 41 - many of which have become unsightly dumping grounds.
All 216 of these are at least as large as a standard three-family building, with many of them being much larger, as in the photo above.
In this I see enormous potential. If each of these lots contained just one three-family home, that would provide housing for 648 families - upwards of 2,500 people. The fact is, many of these lots are much larger than that.
In a district where 1 in 6 children have experienced homelessness in the past five years, there is an urgent need for affordable housing in our community. It is unacceptable that there are so many in need, while the city is letting vacant lots sit unused right in our back yard.
If elected to City Council, I will fight to bring permanent affordable housing to the district, thereby creating union jobs, building energy-efficient homes, and beautifying our communities.
Education is the most important issue in our community. When our children receive a quality education, there is no limit to what they can achieve.
If elected, I will work hard to ensure that our public schools are top priority when it comes to funding from the city and state. I will fight to ensure that the curriculum in our schools is preparing our students for the future, with a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).
In addition, I will push hard to fund programs for very important subjects that are not found in so many of our schools today - agriculture, home economics, financial literacy, and law - because if you know how to grow food, take care of your household, manage money, and understand the law, you are off to a great start.
ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD
Many areas of District 41 do not have adequate access to nutritious foods. These areas are known as 'food deserts'. With 56 community gardens in the district, there is no reason for this.
If elected, within my first year in office I will propose converting the 10 most under-utilized of these community gardens into exclusively food-producing plots, where volunteers and/or paid growers will grow food crops to be sold at cost, or given, to the community at large.
Additionally, I will push to utilize unused school lands and rooftops for gardening, in order to supplement the food supply of students at the school.
COMMUNITY / POLICE RELATIONSHIP
Historically there has been tension between African-American communities and the police tasked with patrolling these neighborhoods. There are many reasons for this, but I believe there are several ways to alleviate much of this tension with policy changes.
If elected, I will push to encourage NYPD officers to walk the neighborhoods they patrol on foot, in order to meet residents of the community. I believe this can and will go a long way towards forming relationships and building trust between police officers and the community they are tasked with serving.
In addition, I believe the NYPD must end the practices of Stop & Frisk and arrest quotas, which disproportionately affect black and latino men.
host bi-monthly town hall meetings
ensure our public schools receive the proper funding
bring Participatory Budgeting to the district
work to build trust between the community & police
fill empty storefronts with small businesses
create well-paying jobs
reduce litter, increase green space, & grow food locally
My campaign is funded by contributions from friends like you.
Any amount is greatly appreciated.
*This money will go to pay for things like campaign literature, canvassers, mailings, etc.